The New York Post published a letter from LRANY’s Adam Morey on Sunday, April 8, 2018:
The Post is correct that your daily coffee is still safe to consume, despite a judge’s ruling that coffee shops in California must display cancer warnings (“Don’t Fear the Java,” Editorial, April 3).
But this is more than a dubious decision from a crazy California courtroom: It represents a victory for the profiteering lawyers who brought the lawsuit.
Scientists disagree whether the chemical in question is a carcinogen, but a California-only law encourages lawyers to sue despite scientific uncertainty.
Such a law should worry New Yorkers. Gov. Cuomo has said the plaintiffs’ bar is “the most powerful political force in Albany.”
Perhaps it is time for legislators to rebuke the lawyers lobby, lest New York end up like California, where trial lawyers and warning-label crusaders have confined the state to its own alternate universe.
Adam Morey, Public Affairs Manager, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, Albany